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The Cure (2006)

The Cure

Although very different from most of the films that I review here, Ryan Jafri has created an excellent short dramatic thriller with The Cure.   The quality of the filming was impressive.  The shot composition, the lighting, the editing and even the lettering were all extremely well crafted.  Mollie Weeks portrayal of the lead character was definitely believable.  With the run time of the short being only around 7 minutes, the pacing is very well rounded.  The presentation and even the cover art are all so professionally done that it really looks like more money was put into the film than actually was.  The entire piece comes out feeling like it could have been a specially released music video for a band with an artistic eye.  However, the music itself was a bit distracting in it's redundancy and randomness.  I guess if you're a big fan of the guys who played rhythm guitar for the 90s shred guitarists, you might love the music, but it felt seriously inappropriate for this piece.  Also, the narration didn't sound quite as professional as all of the visual elements.  Aside from the audio, The Cure is an excellent short film.  I would love to see what Jafri does next.

Gore-o-meter rating: 1 out of 5 (I was not expecting gore in this one, but there was a bit of splatter at the end.  Excellent!)

Skin-o-meter: 0 out of 5 (It could have easily had artsy nudity, unfortunately it didn't)